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Several trailers were released this week including the Stranger Things trailer. You can check out our article on it here.

Justin Lin’s Warrior has fleshed out their cast and crew. Assaf Bernstein, director of Netflix’s Fauda, will take on the pilot. Andrew Koji will star. Warrior is a crime drama set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1800s. Koji plays Ah Sahm, a martial artist who travels from China to San Francisco and becomes embroiled in the Tong Wars. For a full cast and character list and to learn more about the project, check out this Deadline article. Of the project, Lin said “The martial arts genre a lot of times has been relegated to B-level action. And that’s not something we wanted to do. Going off of Bruce Lee’s original material, we wanted to build something that is character-driven, that has important themes and that also takes place in a part of American history that rarely gets talked about. That to me makes it something you haven’t seen before.”

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Stargate Origins, the latest addition, and prequel to the Stargate Universe has cast its star. Australian actress Ellie Gall will play Catherine Langford. In 1928, Catherine witnessed her father find the Stargate. She spent the rest of her life trying to unravel it’s mysterious until she meets with Daniel Jackson in the original movie. Gall will play a younger version of the character. The series will feature 10 minute long episodes and will be produced by MGM’s Digital Group.

Daniel Dae Kim made news this summer after breaking ties with his show Hawaii Five-O after CBS refused to increase his pay to match his co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Things have been going up for him since that departure. Recently he was cast to play Major Ben Daimio in the Hellboy reboot. Now his production company, 3AD, has signed a two-year first-look deal with ITV Studios America. Kim established 3AD in 2014 to provide TV, film and digital content. Philippe Maigret, president of ITV Studios America said of deal “We are thrilled to join forces with a multi-hyphenate talent like Daniel Dae Kim. Daniel’s eye for diverse, compelling stories and captivating execution of every project he produces make him, and the entire team at 3AD, a fantastic addition to our scripted television business as we continue to expand our development roster.”

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Roswell, the WB/UPN drama about a group of high school alien hybrids hiding their true natures from the government and their classmates is coming book. The CW is producing the reboot which will have an added immigration twist. The description of the new show is: “After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.” Carina MacKenzie, producer of the CW’s The Originals will be developing the series.

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Finally, with the 100th episode of The Walking Dead quickly approaching, Entertainment Weekly caught up with the stars to find out about their first moments on set. Check it out here.

 

In Movie News…

A few movie trailers were also released this week. New Mutants dropped the perfect trailer for Friday the 13th. It looks more like a horror film than what we’re used to from the X-men films.

To much fanfare, the second trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped on Monday. BGN staffers not only loved it but had several theories on what will happen in the movie. You can read all about to it here. The trailer earned 120.1 millions views worldwide, topping both its teaser trailer and the trailer for The Force Awakens.

Will Smith and Tom Holland joined the cast of 20th Century Fox Animation’s movie Spies in Disguise. The movie is based on Lucas Martell’s Pigeon: Impossible. In the animated short a pigeon stuck in a secret agent’s government-issued nuclear briefcase almost leads to global conflict. The movie will be co-directed by Nick Bruno, whose credits included Epic and The Peanuts Movie, and Troy Quane, director of Ice Age: Collision Course and Ferdinand.

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Speaking of animated movies. After almost 25 years, the Addams Family is coming back to the big screen. The co-director of Sausage Party, Conrad Vernon, is producing an animated film staring our favorite spooky family for MGM. Pamela Pettler, screenwriter for Corpse Bride and Monster House, will write the script which will be based on the comics written by Charles Addams.

It seems that Fox hasn’t given up on the much beleaguered Gambit spin off yet. Last week they announced that Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski would be taking over the project. Channing Tatum is still set to star as the titular character. Now we have a release date: Feb. 14, 2019. Valentine’s Day, how sweet. Deadpool also opened on the holiday and was a surprising success. Maybe Fox is hoping some of that luck will rub off on the film. You would think Gambit has more than enough luck but this Tatum version seems to need all the luck he can get. The current script is by Josh Zetumer with Tatum as one of the producers. I have one question: will Tatum be able to pull off that accent?

The biggest news this week has been the numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company. For more information on this topic, I highly recommend reading the articles by the New York Times and the New Yorker. Since NYT’s initial article released on the 5th, 43 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct including high profiles actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale and Eva Green. While there has been vocal and widespread condemnation by actresses, the response from actors has been slowly trickling in. After condemning Weinstein, Ben Affleck landed himself in trouble when he was in turn accused of sexual harassment. As the story continues to play out, I hope the women that share their stories are supported and more men continue to be outed in Hollywood as predators. Since the initial article dropped, Weinstein has been fired from his company and ejected from the Motion Picture Academy.

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In the wake of the Weinstein fallout, an old of video of Jason Momoa, star of the soon to be released Justice League, has resurfaced. The video is a 2011 Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel. In it, Momoa says [trigger warning] “As far as sci-fi and fantasy, I love that genre because there are so many things you can do, like rip someone’s tongue out of their throat and get away with it, and rape beautiful women.” The actor apologized on Instagram. Warner Bros., which is releasing Justice League, is standing by Momoa.

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In other news, it looks like we’re getting a new  comic written by Ta-Nehisi Coates with art by Jen Bartel. It’s not going to be written by a Black woman which would be ideal but it’s still nice to see her helm a solo book again.

Finally, Nina Simone has been nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is more than past due. Not only was she an amazing musician during her, her music continues to inspire generations. Joining her in this year’s class of nominations is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Called the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll, the hall of fame and most of the musicians in it would sound a lot different without her influence.

Nina Simone: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Sister Rosetta Tharpe JAMES KRIEGSMANN/MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES

If you have anything I missed, email me at mel@blackgirlnerds.com or tweet me at jane@anon. Check back in next Monday for all the exciting news happening next week.